For my daughter’s 7th birthday she really wanted a chocolate cake with buttercream frosting and polka dots. We found a chocolate cake recipe on Curious Foodie that sounded perfect. My daughter and I had a fun time baking this cake together – she was so proud when she finally cracked the eggs without getting any shells into the batter. I was disappointed when I took the pans out of the oven to find the cake hadn’t risen much. I asked my daughter if she wanted to make a new cake or go buy a cake at the store and she said no. She loved the cake that she baked and wanted it for her birthday. She had a great time frosting, designing, and decorating the cake. It was wonderful to see my daughter fill with pride when her friends told her how pretty and tasty her cake was. I am glad it turned out okay but I wish I knew why the cake didn’t rise, does anyone have any suggestions?
- 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 2 small eggs
- 3/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup of milk
- 1 1/4 cup of flour
- 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 tsp baking soda
- Pinch of salt
- Frosting of your choice (we used buttercream)
How to Make a Chocolate Cake
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease two round cake pans with a bit of butter then sprinkle with cocoa powder.
Sift the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda together in a large bowl.
Cream the sugar and butter together in your mixer, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and beat very slowly, then the vanilla extract.
Combine the flour mixture alternatively with milk into the butter mixture, until thoroughly incorporated. Pour the batter into the two prepared cake pans.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow it to cool in the cake pan for 10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to finish cooling.
Once the cake has completely cooled, frost the cake with the frosting of your choice and decorate. Enjoy.
Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.netRecipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking Original recipe from Curious Foodie